July 11, 2020
Five friars of the The Third Order Regular Franciscans, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus were ordained to the priesthood on July 11, 2020. Due to restrictions placed on large gatherings because of the Corona virus, the Ordination Mass took place in the Stokes Athletic Center on the campus of Saint Francis University in Loretto Pennsylvania. Most Rev. Bishop Mark Bartchak, the bishop of the Altoona-Diocese was the ordaining Bishop.
Fr. Zachary and Fr. Daniel celebrated their First Mass in the Chapel at Saint Francis Friary. Fr. Stephen celebrated his First Mass in the Loretto Carmelite Chapel. Fr. Rufino celebrated his First Mass in the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of Saint Francis University and Fr. Matthew celebrated his First Mass at Holy Name Church in Ebensburg. The First Masses were celebrated on Sunday, July 12, 2020.
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